52 posts • joined Thursday 26th July 2007 03:04 GMT
Dear Gmail. STFU & GTFO.
I don't want spam in my inbox, thus I create email rules to filter it all.
If your faux email ads bypass my filters, I will add your Ad Server to my HOSTS file & stop you dead in your tracks.
I already access my Gmail through MS Outlook, since Outlook is more Accessable than your Web UI.
Think about that a second.
A *Microsoft* product is MORE Accessable than your web interface.
How screwed up do you have to be to be beaten by *Microsoft* in a UI contest?
When the same nimrods that spat forth the MetroUI are doing a better job than you, it's time to take yourself out back of the barn & put a bullet through your head.
So, by accessing Gmail via Outlook, I have thus far avoided having to view your crappy ads.
But if I find them arriving in my Outlook Inbox, so help me Cthulhu, I'll switch to my *ISP* hosted email account, because at least they don't send me anything other than a monthly reminder of my bill.
Oh, my ISP is Comcast, so if I would switch TO them FROM you, think about how hard you suck to have accomplished that.
Simple. If it can connect to the net, it is subject to the law.
If it can connect to the internet in any way, then it's a Communications Device, and needs to be Accessable.<br>Full Stop.<br>End of story.<p>
If it can't connect to the internet, it *still* needs to be Accessable, otherwise you are *specificly* telling the +10Million American's & +300Million Global Blind/Visually Impaired people to go fuck themselves.<br>
Do you REALLY want to tell 300Million potential customers that you not only don't want their money, but to find one of your competitors that *ISN'T* a festering sack of crap?<p>
An E.Reader can have a simple Text To Speech (TTS) capability built in, as I have a Victor Reader Stream (VRS) that's the size of a deck of playing cards, weighs less than a Pound, and can not only make Digital Recordings, but play various music file formats, and read various text file formats aloud.<br>
If my VRS, a device the size of a cellphone can do these things, then your E.Reader the size of a decent paperback book has MORE than enough space to include the hardware to do so, too.<br>
Freedom Scientific offers a Screen Reader Environment (SRE) called Jaws, whose Minimum System Requirements are a 400MHz CPU & less RAM than most operating systems use as the on-die cache.<br>
So trying to claim your E.Reader doesn't have the guts needed to offer TTS is complete bullshit.<br>
They make dirt cheap "System On a Chip" (SoC) that have a hundred times the CPU/RAM required to do the job, and you're probably already using one as the guts of the Reader, so STFU and offer the TTS already.<p>
"But that would require adding extra hardware, such as a headphone jack & speakers!"<br>
Oh darn, a total of $5 in R&D to figure out where to put the bits, $1 in hardware, 15 minutes on the CAD/CAM station to wedge them in, and you're done.<br>
Total price to the manufacturer, ~$20.<br>Price they'll charge the customers for the "upgraded functionality", $50 because they're a bunch of greedy shitstains.<p>
There is absolutely *NO* legitimate reason to NOT include Accessability in anything you design, build, offer, or sell.<br>
All it takes is accepting that not everyone has perfect vision/hearing, and designing/building it right *the first time*.<br>
Ten minutes of thought now saves you hundreds of hours of redesign, rework, & bug hunting later.<br>
So why not be a Good Global Citizen and offer the Accessability?<br>
There's 300Million of us whom will either Thank You Profusely & reward you with our money, or (if you don't) consider you an absolute scum sucking bunghole that deserves 300Million ass kickings.<br>
It's up to you.
That man is a bunghole.
He's nothing but a racist, bigoted, opinionated, feces spewing gasbag that deserves to be shot into space & shoved towards the sun.<br>The resulting solar flare could power every PV Power plant on the planet for the next billion years.<br>The net reduction in ozone depleting Bullshitium would improve the lives of every other living, sentient member of humanity.<br>It would piss off his fans, but they're neither living, sentient, nor human.<br>Fuck 'em with a barbed wire wrapped Cricket Bat.<br>*Grins*
Just a thought...
If the mud is geothermally heated, and they've already built dikes to contain the flow, why not build a channel to funnel the flow to where it can be used, and in the process erect hydrothermal power plants along the route?<br>You'd direct the flow away from the populated parts, draw energy from the heat/force of the flow, and deposit it where it might do some good (or at least the least damage).<br>Being blind, I can't see if any of these ideas have been utilized, but if not, why not?<br>"If a blind man can see the solution, what's that say about you Sighted folk?"<br>*Cough*<br>=-)p
Dear Advertising Scum. STFU, GTFO, FOAD, & HAND.
We don't want your ads.
We set our browsers to block everything but the originating cookies ("First Party"), and even those we have it set to prompt us if we want to allow it be set.
We use HOSTS files to block your ad servers straight to >Dev>Null and thus render your attempts fruitless.
We use extensions & plug in's to block, scramble, thwart, and f4 up any data you *might* manage to get, so suddenly I appear as a 98 year old Retired Woman whom makes $10BUSD per year, on Social Security, homeless with a $92MUSD home & 54 mortgages, no car but just having purchased a $200KUSD Lexus Hybrid SUV (that doesn't exist), and I live in the area code "90210", but list my address as in Washington DC...
In other words, you won't get any data out of me, I refuse to let you data mine me, I refuse to view your advertisements, and you can just go f4 a pig.
I don't read SnailMail spam, ink stamping it "REFUSED" and dropping it back in the box for the carrier to grab the next day.
(Thus *costing you more money*.)
I don't watch advertisements on tv, because as soon as they begin, I hit MUTE & leave the room.
(Bathroom break, refill the drink, get munchies, etc.)
I don't read email Spam, and bounce it to the original domain, plus the upstream providers, marked as Unsolicited Commercial Email. Then I add the domain to the Auto-Perma-Bounce-&-Delete rules list, so I never deal with it again.
In short, you don't get to advertise to me.
You speak of freedom & liberty.
Well, your freedom to market does *NOT* mean a freedom to violate MY freedom to tell you to go F4 yourself & Die.
Don't try to blow smoke up my a3 claiming my refuseal of viewing your ads is going to lead to the downfall of the internet.
I was part of the 'net before it became commercialized with all the ad crap, and I'll still be on it long after your ilk have been stood up against the wall & executed like the social s4 stains that you are.
So Shut The F4 Up, Get The F4 Out, F4 Off And Die, & Have A Nice Death.
Re: I agree...
At least You can *See* the UI to try & figure out WTF is going on.
Close your eyes, and attempt to navigate that bastard child of an MC Escher & Rube Goldberg nightmare entirely by the Audio Cues it gives you.
Now you've got the barest inkling of an idea of what it's like as a Blind/VI Windows 8 user.
Not much fun, is it?
Microsoft lies about sales figures? *GASP* Say it ain't so!
If your Sarcasm-O-Meter didn't just die laughing, it needs to be replaced immediately.
"Never believe everything you read on the internet" is as True now as it was when first muttered by the famous P.T.Barnum so many millions of years ago.
Seriously, MS claimed 100M Win8 machines in use, or that many Win8 Licenses having been vomited forth upon the populace, and somehow we're supposed to believe them?
Just because they issue 100K Win8's to HP, that doesn't mean HP will *ship* that many Win8 computers.
And then there are the "DownGrades" that get used to put something *other* than Win8 on a Win8 machine, further lowering the number of copies of Win8 in the wild from HP.
(Repeat this across Dell, Lenovo, et alia, and you'll soon realize that the numbers Just Don't Add Up.)
So MS issues 10M Win8's to $GovernmentEntity, but does that mean that $GovernmentEntity will actually ever get around to *installing* any of them?
Given the Testing Cycle that any IT Department worth it's salt will put an new Operating System through before *ever* letting it anywhere *near* the Live Production or Customer Interfacing machines, it may be another few YEARS before Win8 ever sees any "serious" deployment numbers...
And that's assuming MS doesn't pull the rug out from under itself *AGAIN* like it did with Win7, by announcing that they'll no longer be supporting the O/S in favor of their Latest & Greatest.
(How many potential Win7 deployments did they torpedo with that announcement? What IT Department is going to waste even one more FemtoSecond of Testing on an O/S that won't be supported before it gets Approved, much less afterwards?)
As a Totally Blind Geek, I know that I myself, and most of the other Blind/Visually Impaired Geeks I know, have little or *no* interest in Win8.
Go read some of the forums WRT using Win8 in conjunction with a Screen Reader Environment (SRE), and you'll find them overflowing with people asking essentially the same two questions, over & over & over again:
"How the F$#* do I do $Action? They've hidden everything again, and nothing makes sense anymore!"
"How the F$@*# do I uninstall this pile of S$#&@ to put something else ((usually XP, but in some cases Win7)) back on?"
And those are just those Geeks whom take the time to ask for help.
Imagine the millions of them (~10M Blind/VI in the USA, ~300M World Wide) whom simply throw up their hands in frustration & disgust, hand the computer to a Geek friend, & say "Nuke that F$#@er & put XP back on it. I don't care, that Windows 8 thing is absolute *CRAP*."
Personally, I can't see (HA! A pun!) the point of a Touch Screen UI being foisted on a Non Touch Screen workspace, so why in the hell would I want to use Win8?
Even my Sighted friends, family, & coworkers find the thing distastefull, and the few that *have* resisted the urge to reformat the machines, have only done so by the grace of Classic Shell's reintroduction of the Start Menu ala Win7.
The sentiment seems to be a uniform "Win8 sucks schweaty meaty monkey bung", and nobody can use it with sufficient dexterity to be Productive.
Which is a Deal Breaker when the main use of your computer is your livelihood, and not being able to get stuff done is Not An Option.
So MS claims 100M Win8 machines in use, or at least Win8 Licenses having been issued.
I'm surprised that the "actual figures" reflect a ~60M potential In Use level, as I'd have thought the "give up in frustration" & "Downgrade" users would be a MUCH higher quotient than a mere ~40%.
But even so, think about that: Nearly Forty Percent of the Windows 8 licenses that Microsoft claims to have issued, Are Not Being Used.
What's that say about a product when nearly *40%* of your claimed user base, *isn't*?
Now, if you'll pardon me, I've got to order another gross of Sarcasm-O-Meters.
I hear there's another Microsoft Press Confference being announced...
Your Anti-Windows Catalogue.
This would be much more relevant if the leading article on the page isn't from *Two Thousand One*.
I'm sorry if I didn't read far enough to make a different evaluation, but I've got too much else to do than try & sift through a pile of digital dust to find any "gold nuggets" that will turn out to be mere pyrite.
Adobe developing Sanity?
Adobe... developing Sanity?
ADOBE? ... Developing *Sanity*?
-=>ADOBE<=- developing _Sanity_?
*Falls on the floor, clutching ribs, howling in pained laughter, unable to breathe, and dies laughing*
You, Sir, should write comedy for a living.
The Adobe Redistributeable link.
Consider yourself hugged, given a box of Girl Scout Cookies, and a $RandomFurryCuddlyCritter in gratitude.
(Please be sure to verify that you're not petting the cookies & about to eat the critter... the Cookies *hate* that!)
About auto-deleting installers...
As soon as the program is completed in the download, open File Explorer & find the file.
Rename it to something intelligent & identifiable ("Adobe Flash Updater, 2013-05-02") and make a copy to an Archive folder/drive.
This allows you to run it again from another computer, or from the same one at a later time, and not have to download the downloader again.
The next time you go to get an Adobe update manually, check the file sizes on the file you've previously downloaded, & the one you've just received.
If they're the exact same size, chances are they're the exact same file.
Try running (a copy of) the old version's updater first, and see if it does the trick.
If so, delete the recent one, and call it a day.
If it doesn't update to the most recent version, then go ahead & repeat the Rename+Archive+Run cycle on the new updater.
You'll always have a copy of the latest, can apply them when *you* want (versus Adobe trying to ram them home), and may save yourself a headache or two in the long run.
I've been doing this kind of thing for years (*cough*Decades*Cough*) and am always amazed, annoyed, & smug that a program deletes itself.
What if it didn't install correctly? What if it corrupted something & I need to re-run the installer? What if I don't feel like spending *ANOTHER* day & a half grabbing a ~10Mb file from your server in Elbonia over your evidentialy sub-Dial-Up speeds on a flaky POTS line in stormy weather?
So, yeah, grab a copy, Archive it, *then* run it.
Sure, you quickly end up realizing you're another Program PackRat, but nobody taunts you anymore when you've got something The Internet Archive or OldVersion *doesn't*.
(Makes a comical cheeks puffed out, tongue stuck out, HappyHootyMonkeyNoises face.)
Feel free to contact me.
My pseudonym at Gmail, and be sure to use "From The Register" in the subject so I don't auto-delete it as spam.
This goes for you or anyone else whom would like me to assist in getting an Accessable site created.
My HTML coding may not be up to snuff, but I can certainly let you know if $URL reads well from my POV.
Visit FreedomScientific's site.
Jaws is a free download, & operates in a "40 Minute Mode" indefinitely.
It runs for 40 minutes, then you have to reboot to make it work again, but otherwise is the exact same file as the Registered version.
(You pay for it, give it the reg code, and it unlocks from the time limit.)
Give it a try, close your eyes, turn up the sound on your machine, and listen to Jaws read (your|any) site to you.
Places like the Register are nice because the Print link gives you a Printer Friendly version of the article as a single page, with the links at the end as plain text.
Other sites seem to think that "Print" means "launch your printer's dialog box trying to have it spit out a copy".
This is *NOT* cool, as I don't want an article if it's spread across 15 pages, filled with ads, in full colour, and ultimately ends up being less than a paragraph of actual, useable, readable text.
If you listen to the site, and can, purely by it's audio description, figure out how to navigate & get stuff done, then you've done it right.
However, if your site is the audio equivalent of a flashing, blinking, scrolling marquis, animated gif laden, midi-auto-playing, Geocities nightmare (*cough*Adobe*cough*), then do us all a favour & go nail your head to a tree...
But Jaws is a *very* good tool to use to verify your layout is done nicely, that all the Screen Elements (check boxes, radio buttons, DropDownMenu's not auto-triggering on the first Item you've ArrowKey'd to, etc) done with full text descriptions, that all the images are properly labeled (Alt Text! Use It! And no names like "ZXYSP!2~*#_Blah(DonkeySnot).jpg" either!), and if you MUST use Flash, make *damned sure* the buttons for the controls have text labels.
"Unlabeled button one", "Unlabeled button two", "unlabeled button 9,457,181" do absolutely f4ing *NOTHING*, because I won't click on any of them without knowing what they're for, what they do, and why I should go anywhere near them...
So grab a copy of Jaws, run it across your site, and do what needs be done to make it Accessible.
If you're in America, then the American's with Disabilities Act may apply, but even if it doesn't or you're not in the States, it's still a damned good idea to do it anyway.
Any & all B/VI visitors will thank you profusely, and your HTML coding skills will get honed to a point where you'll be leagues ahead of your competition.
It's worse than you think.
As a totally blind Geek, Adobe's site is a nightmare to navigate via Screen Reader Environment (SRE) such as Jaws by Freedom Scientific or NVDA.
This issue is only compounded by Adobe's attempts to foist bundled crapware with the download, as I have to make Jaws read the page *twice* to make sure Adobe hasn't "helpfully included" anything.
Once I've finally managed to get Adobe to understand that all I want is the update, then hit the download link, it's a crapshoot if it ever actually initiates the download.
There's no audio "blip" to tell me I've got a Security Notification & need to Alt+N to the Notification Toolbar to accept the download, Control+J doesn't report any files being downloaded, and UAC hasn't screamed for attention, so I'm left scratching my head wondering if I've actually activated the damned link.
Hit it again, and this time, dispite still no audio cues to the contrary, it gives me the "File Complete" ding to say it's done?
WTF? Control+J, and lo & behold, it shows the Adobe installer as having finished downloading.
When did it get there, because IE didn't seem to think it important enough to announce...
Anyway, after getting the file, then using the Properties to Unblock it, and acknowledging UAC whining about "Not trusting unknown sources on the internet" (If only it knew!), the updater finally starts...
Only to present a User Interface that, to put it quite bluntly, deserves to have everyone at Adobe nailed to a tree limb & used as a Public Pinata.
Unmarked & unlabeled buttons, Required Check Boxes that don't get read by the SRE, elements the SRE can't find much less tell me about, and absolutely *ZERO* assistance from Adobe on the matter.
IF I manage to get it to actually install the update, then it "helpfully" launches a website wanting to know how I feel about the experience.
Really? You do *NOT* want to know how I really feel, because it involves Industrial grade Nail Guns, trees, & electrified-barbed-wire-wrapped-baseball-bats applied repeatedly to your genitals.
Then Ninite steps up to the plate.
The site is a *joy* to navigate, everything is properly labeled & identified, there's no wondering "WTF does this bit do?", the check boxes for the files I want are concise, and when I click that download link, It Just Works.
The file is small, I don't have to Unblock it (UAC doesn't think it's malware? BAH HAhahahaha) and it does what it fekkin says it'll do.
"Install the latest Adobe? Ok, hold on... downloading... done. Applying... done. Anything else with that today, or can I remove myself from memory, Sir?"
I've already uninstalled Java because of all the exploits it has.
I've uninstalled Adobe Reader for the same reason.
If HTML5 were more prevelant, Adobe Flash Player would get ripped out "With Extreme Prejudice", and Adobe would get a "STFU, GTFO, FOAD, & HAND" letter from me.
As it is, I'm stuck using Adobe's Flash Player, and it's about as Blind Accessable as a rabbid badger is friendly & cuddly.
At least you can *SEE* the crap it pulls.
The Blind/VisuallyImpaired have to rely on Adobe having the brains to properly design a UI that's Accessable such that a SRE stands a chance in hell of reading it to us.
Want to take a wild arsed guess as to how well Adobe's done that?
Tailor the email to the site.
Some email services allow you to either create an Alias, or as in the case of Gmail, utilize a (Your User Name)"+BlahBlahBlah"(at gmail dot com) addressing convention.
If your name is John Smith, and you're registering at Amazon, then you sign up with "JohnSmith+Amazon".
If it's Jane Doe & you're signing up at "The Sewing Supply Palace", then use "JaneDoe+TheSewingSupplyPalace".
This now *absolutely* identifies where you used the address, and thus whom sold it to the spammers.
From there, it's easy enough to create an email Filter to automaticly permanently delete *ANYTHING* to that Alias as spam, no matter *whom* may have sent it.
From there, you can log in to that site, change all your personal information to garbage, & sign out for the last time.
You've just poisoned their database's value (because it now contains a "Customer" whom isn't *really* named "YouAll SuckSpammingHell", or lives at "1234 Notgonna Tellya Lane, Nowhere, Mumbai", with a telephone number of "+1.23.456.7890", etc) and when the company tries to sell "your" customer data, they then helpfully poison all the *other* potential spammers' databases, too.
If you can't trust them not to spam you, then don't let them keep your personal data, either.
Use an email alias, and if they spam you, alter their copy of your personal data, add an auto-permanent-delete rule to your email client for that alias, and you never get spam to that alias again.
This was a *FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT* request.
There's a REASON it's called FREEDOM, and that's because it's my RIGHT to know WTF you're doing with MY tax-money-sponsored activities.
You can take your protected PDF & EULA, and cram them RIGHT up your kazoo.
I won't even bother opening the PDF, but drop it straight to the printer, put the print-out into the scanner, and OCR the print-out back into my computer.
Protected PDF? Not any more.
EULA? What EULA? I read no such thing, and certainly didn't agree to your BS attempt at limiting my RIGHTS under the FOIA for the data.
Then I shall make available the original protected file AND the unprotected copy, in a single ZIP file, and redistribute it as far & wide as I possibly can.
And if you try and stop me, I'll sue you for violating my Right to Free Speech.
My Right to the data & Right of Free Speech trumps your desire to limit my Speech & disseminating the data.
It's OUR data, WE paid for it, so you can KMA if you think we won't spread it far & wide.
And I'm not even on the "right side of the Pond".
Nielsen's full of it.
[Quote] Nielsen, who produced the figures for Ofcom, countered that it is a common misperception that third party research must be more inaccurate than in-house data. They suggested that their take on SL usage might be a better representation of reality than the raw SL figures. [/Quote]
You're trying to tell me that your sample of the raw data is more accurate than the raw data itself?
Sorry, but You Fail Statistics 101.
If your sampling of a given data set shows one thing, but the entire data set shows something different, it is not the data set that's wrong, but the sampling you've taken from it.
This is akin to asking 10K people for their favorite flavour of ice cream, taking a "random sample" of those results, and claiming people prefer Bollocks flavoured ice cream.
If we go back through the entire data set & find that only 100 people claimed to enjoy that flavour, then your conclusion based on your obviously-flawed sample is to blame, NOT the raw data.
In this case, SL's raw data proves Nielsen's lying out it's arse.
MS is, once again, full of shite.
"Microsoft reminds businesses and consumers that if they buy a computer with software pre-loaded it should come with proper documentation and backup discs."
HP, Dell, & *every* other major name-brand dealer on the market hasn't given a proper set of restore media in almost a *decade*.
They use online documentation for effectively all their "Help", supposedly so they can keep the docs "as current & accurate as possible", but realistically so they don't spend the few pennies per machine to burn the docs to a disk..
They use "restore partitions" & tell the *USER* to create their own copies of the partition; the Customer has to buy their own media & burn their own recovery disks.
And *IF* they offer restore media at all, they charge extra to get them.
I purchased an HP HDX18, arguably one of the top-of-the-line laptops on the market, and despite the amount I paid for it, there was *zero* restore media included.
A Restore partition yes, but no included back-up disks.
So, MS, unless you're going to demand your OEM's include the media from now on in EVERY system they sell, your advice is completely out of touch with reality.
WE. DON'T. GET. RESTORE. MEDIA. YOU. IDIOTS.
It is being used as a verb, adverb, noun, and adjective...
Just not a *complimentary* ones as they'd hoped.
Please take this as a sincere opinion from someone who had long been a loyal customer but whom you've driven away from the fold by calling a pirate one too Bing'ing many times.
This is utter, complete, and total Bing.
You need to stop spending billions on advertising that could be produced for free by a team of stoned, five year olds with a hand full of half melted crayons sitting on an Earth Quake simulation table.
Spend your money improving your main offering to the market, your OS.
I realize you want to push Win7, but YOU need to accept that "Average Joe" consumers, "Tech Dude" pro-sumers, and "Business Bean Counters" industry people may NOT want to jump through the hoops it will take to upgrade to it.
Accept that, and continue to support XP for those who are sick of the constant upgrade churn & burn; a new OS should NOT require a new computer to run, and forcing the purchase of one is a major hurdle to those who would otherwise be willing to at least TRY your new OS.
Offer Win7 to those who want it, but do NOT completely abandon your already-proven, tried-and-true, almost-all-the-kinks-ironed-out, cash cow that is XP.
XP runs on older hardware, and will run on newer hardware if available.
With a simple addition to a boot configuration (enabling the PE), you can enable XP to access larger amounts of RAM, but since 2 Gig of RAM is more than enough for the "Average Joe", (Techy's, I am NOT aiming that at us, so don't whine) XP can already handle it perfectly fine as-is.
Win7 *supposedly* runs on "lower spec" hardware, but we all know that's NOT what it was designed for.
You designed it for quad-core CPU's, 3 Gig of RAM or more, SATA-3 1Tb HD's systems that can do some serious computational acrobatics.
That's fine, and a perfectly acceptable market to market it towards.
But not at the expense of alienating all your other customers who aren't ready to upgrade their computers yet.
If Granny's 500MHz, 512Mb RAM (16megs of Shared VRAM), 20Gb HD system does the job of accessing the web, reading her email, writing to the Grand Kids, and surfing the web from XP, what makes you think she wants, much less NEEDS a new system with 4x the specs & a new OS, just to continue doing what she's been doing perfectly well...???
Heck, the "Average Joe" system of 1.5GHz, 1~2Gb RAM (128Mb Shared VRAM), 100Gb HD is more than enough to do those same tasks, and even play a few decent games, all on XP.
He has no need to upgrade the system, since it already does what he needs, and in today's economy, dropping $500 on a new computer *he doesn't need* is something the Wife & Kids might beat him to death over, sell off his corpse to medical science, then return the computer for a refund, and use the money to pay that month's rent instead.
All us Techy people, we've got systems that can easily make use of Win7's capabilities, *but XP still does the job perfectly fine*.
Why should we drop $200 to buy your latest & greatest OS, when what we've got is already doing the job we're asking of it?
Then there are the Hard Core Gamers with systems that are probably Sentient and they just don't know it yet.
They may try Win7 to see if it eeks out a few more Frames per Second out of their bleeding-edge High Definition games, but chances are, they'll be rebooting back into XP to get their gaming fix on.
Because XP works.
YES it has issues, but they are issues the public has grown used to & can be reasonably-sure of fixing fairly quickly.
I am an MS TechNet subscriber.
As a long-time Beta Tester for various companies, I have owned every version of Windows since it's conception.
I qualified for, and purchased, multiple copies of Win7 for my own use, testing purposes, & ultimately to use when applying to a customer's system who wishes for a legit copy of Win7.
But I run Ubuntu on my home machine, and only run Windows in Virtual Machines, because Microsoft has called my LEGIT copies of Windows "pirated" one too Bing'ing many times.
So, Dear Microsoft, you can spend every penny you've got trying to get others to do your advertising for you, and every penny will be for naught.
Until you realize that you've ALREADY GOT a viable product that the people want, and go back to supporting / improving it, your "Flashy New OS" isn't going to do too well because people like me, who used to support you & now steer customers clear of you, will do everything in our power to shine the light of Truth into your sphere of FUD.
Stop being a bunch of Bing'ing Bingers, and get your Bing's in gear.
Give the Customers what they want (XP as the "tried & true", and Win7 as the "maybe, but not until they get the bugs worked out" option), which is *choice*.
Not treating your Customers like pirates might help a bit, too...
"PS: I've tried the penguin, but it was too much like hard work just to get an ATI graphics card working... I, like stuff to work first them configure second, not the other way round."
Not sure why you had trouble...
My "bleeding edge" system (AMD quad-core 3Ghz, 12Gb RAM, ATI Radeon HD4880 w 2Gig VRAM) was detected just fine with Ubuntu (9.04, "Jaunty Jackalope", released in April of this year).
The *only* reason I bothered to install the "restricted" ATI drivers was to see if video quality improved significantly.
It didn't, and I switched back to the default video drivers, which correctly identified the monitor's capabilities (1920x1200), the video card's capabilities/specs (2Gb VRAM), and are currently working just peachy.
I accept that our stories are anecdotal at best, but every version of Linux (Debian, Gentoo, Suse, Ubuntu, Xandros, and even a beta version of "Lindows") I've ever installed were all able to properly detect/drive my ATI cards.
Maybe give it another try?
There's a VERY good reason WHY, too...
Check the specs for a Windows versus Linux model.
The Linux model may be slightly less expensive (if you're lucky), but you're getting a lower-spec machine.
When the price difference is that close, then no one wants the lower-spec machine, and thus they skip Linux.
Give me the *exact same hardware* no matter which OS I choose to have installed, and make the Linux machine less expensive, THEN you might have a valid argument for people choosing Windows over Linux.
But at this point, you're comparing two *different* machines, two different speed CPU's, different amounts of RAM, different size HD's (or offering SSD's on only ONE version), with a price difference that doesn't reflect the difference in software, but the difference in *hardware*.
Of COURSE people are "choosing Windows over Linux", they're opting for the machine with the better specs that you ONLY offer with Windows.
That's like saying people prefer Lamborghini's versus Tricycles when you're only charging less-than-the-MSRP for the Lambo & 3000% more than the MSRP on the tricycle.
My two pence...
I have been into computers for over two decades.
I have been a Windows Tech for over ten years.
I know how to optimize Windows to run as fast as possible on the machine trying to run it.
I just purchased an HP HDX18.
This is an Intel Quad Core 2.2GHz, 4Gb RAM, 1Gb dedicated VRAM NVidia, 500Gb 5400RPM SATA equipped system that came with Vista Home Premium 64 Bit.
It comes, out of the box, with a Vista "Usability Score" of *three point eight*.
If a system like THIS doesn't even rate a Four, what chance in HELL does a netbook of running Vista worth a damn?
I spent two full days tweaking it to run as fast as possible, and in the end had to DISable most of the functions (Aero, indexing, etc) in order for it to be as responsive as my old (AMD 64 single core 2GHz, 2Gb RAM, 512Meg ATI, 200Gb 5400 RPM SATA) system running XP Pro...
I ended up swapping the original HD for another 500Gb 5400 RPM SATA, installing Ubuntu, and never looking back.
I should not EVER have to disable half an OS for a machine (especially one of those specs) to run smoothly.
Flames icon, because Vista wasn't worth the match it would take to physically burn the DVD it came on.
No offense, but they can all go bugger each other...
I buy a disk labeled with the DVD/BluRay logo, that means it is playable on any device that also carries the DVD/BluRay logo.
It doesn't matter if it's a Windows / Mac / Linux machine, a portable DVD/BluRay player, the deck in the dashboard of my car, the stand-alone player in the entertainment center with the tv, etc.
I've paid for it, there's nothing they can do to stop me playing it on any device I own capable OF playing it.
So the fact that I run Linux is beside the point, the fact that they are artificially restricting my ability to use something I've already paid for (by claiming I need to buy codecs so the *software* can do what the *physical device* already is intended on doing, namely *playing the disk*) means I get to give them The Finger.
I'll exercise my Fair Use Rights, as well as the DMCA itself, in using any means necessary to bypass your artificial restrictions so that I can play my legally obtained movie.
Don't like it?
It's mine, I paid for it, and I'm trying to play it on my Player.
Oh, wait, I *AM* playing it on my player, because there's not a damned thing you can do to stop me.
Pirate Logo because evidently I am one for exercising my Rights.
Microsoft doesn't operate in our frame of Reality.
They want business' to upgrade to Windows 7, even after having *just* attempting to screw them over with Vista.
What business owner in their right mind is going to want to lay out the cash needed to upgrade every computer in the company JUST to run a "bleeding edge" release from Microsoft?
Every company I consult for is still running "antiquated" computers (from single-core 1GHz & under a Gig of RAM, to single-core 2GHz & about a Gig of RAM) that, as far as Microsoft is concerned, isn't good enough to run Vista nor Seven.
(My brand new HP HDX18, quad-core 2GHz + 4Gig RAM + 64Gig SSD doesn't even rate a *FIVE* on the Vista performance scale, so what chance in HELL do the older machines have?)
In this down-turned economy, what company can afford to upgrade everything (that already works with, & is currently running relatively smoothly with, XP) to something that has known driver issues, known incompatibilities with existing software, requires thousands of dollars *per machine* to bring it up to the minimum specs required to run the OS with any form of competency ("snappiness"), & will require hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars *per employee* to retrain to use it properly?
(Your IT staff alone may break the bank, much less retraining your rank & file workers.)
Microsoft hasn't got a clue, it seems.
If a business owner already has a working infrastructure, what's the point in "upgrading" to something that, arguably, may cause them to go out of business?
None that I can see.
Yes XP is a pig, but it's a pig we know, are familiar with, and have already worked-out the kinks (for the most part) so we can work with what we have.
Vista's a pig that is still trying to find the bugs, can't get them to go away, & eats from the resources trough like a, well, pig.
Windows Seven is, supposedly, a "lighter on the resources" OS, but it's still in *BETA*, and there isn't a competent business owner on the planet who will throw away what they have, that they know works, on the "pig in a poke" that is Seven.
("Joke Alert" because if MS thinks that we're falling for this, the punch-line's on them...)
All I can say is...
I used to work for Packard Bell.
Administrating, Maintaining, & Troubleshooting a Windows 95 network of over 5,000 PC's, 12 Servers, 4 "R&D" stations, and MILES of 10bT cabling...
I mean literal *miles* - the complex was an old Military Armoury - ten buildings, each two American Football fields *wide* & 1/4 mile long.
Networked together for controlling the R&D, testing, maintenance, production, & shipment thereof, Packard Bell personal computers.
I'd still be going through therapy if it weren't for my ability to suppress the memories of that hell hole & the suffering working there caused.
If I never see a Packard Bell machine running Windows 95a again, I will be a VERY happy geek.
This thing's effectively worthless. =(
30 mile range with a top speed of 25mph?
I live less than a mile from my local grocery store.
When I go buy groceries, I have to buy more than I can reasonably be expected to carry (I have a family), so I'd need something with at LEAST enough "trunk space" to hold a week's worth of groceries.
This vehicle wouldn't cut it, because unless I'm mistaken, it's about the size of a malnourished golf cart.
I couldn't use this vehicle because, in order to GET to said store, I have to travel on a 45mph surface street.
I couldn't LEGALLY operate that "car" on the road because, without a giant orange "SLOW VEHICLE!" triangle on the back (like you see on tractors & horse drawn carriages), I'd be the cause of major traffic accidents from the speed differential!
So, oh goodie, a "car" I can't use around town because it's not fast enough to drive the main road.
AND you want to charge me the price of a new (albeit low-end) car to boot?
I'm better-off with a three-wheel trike & big basket on the front - at least I can carry enough groceries for the week, still don't use any gas, and I've saved myself $15,800...
Every last one of them can KMA.
It doesn't surprise me to find eNom at #2 on that list.
"Reunion.com" (hosted by eNom) has been constantly spamming me for months & trying to get them to stop has gotten me nowhere.
So I finally set up a Message Rule to auto-forward *everything* from *any* eNom hosted server, straight to their up-stream provider's abuse, legal, and domain address'.
No more "Someone is looking for you", no more Web-Cam invites, & a *LOT* of my previous volume of spam has dropped considerably.
(Well, what I actually SEE of it has dropped - everything from eNom is being bounced & deleted unread, which works well-enough, too.)
Either eNom's up-stream provider will get sick & tired of getting spammed by eNom hosted domains & cut them off, or they'll set up their own Message Rule to auto-dump MY emails.
Either way, it's no longer my problem.
May all the companies on that list die a horrible, grisly, agonizing death in a stew of their own internal organs.
(Extremely rude gesture towards them all.)
It's not that uncommon, unfortunately.
A lot of corporations like to store an employee's Roaming Profile on a central server so that, no matter what computer they might log-in from, they are able to access their documents, short-cuts, email, etc.
Depending on the capabilities of the Profile storage server, having 100 or more employees all trying to log-in at once (like they would at the beginning of a shift) tends to bog it straight-down into the loo.
My previous employer finally had the mental-bulb click on after six months of yelling at us to "stop goofing off & get to work" each morning.
"Sorry, but until the system comes on-line, I can't *DO* anything at my station."
And it might take 5, 10, or even 15 minutes before the Profile server manages to serve up everyone's data.
Which means, until the Server lets the system know that I'm trying to log-in, I can't get to anything on the network in order to do my job.
And yes, that was every morning, Monday through Friday.
Going home was easier, because telling it to log-off meant I'm off the clock.
What it does after that point, I couldn't care less about.
WHY they shut the systems down each night, I have no idea, but if it meant a free 10 minutes each morning to "mentally prepare myself" to "get into gear", AND I got paid for it, then far-be-it for me to complain.
That's where they're getting angry.
They're at work, they're being told to do work-related things, but because their system hasn't finished logging them in (hence, they're not being PAID) they're angry at the loss of pay.
I don't blame them one bit.
I got up on time, I got to work early, I'M there & ready-to-go when I'm supposed to be, so I expect to get paid for it.
Just because their computer systems, which I'm required to use, aren't available, isn't my problem.
I'm there, I get paid.
If you refuse to pay me, then I refuse to work.
@Kain Preacher & Clover
The upstream providers were told time & time again, by members of every level of internet communications (from us "mere peons" to FCC bigwigs), that McColo was dirty.
Time & time again, those same upstream providers refused to DO anything about it, because they insisted the "occasional" spam was but a temporary issue & "solved" by "issuing a warning".
Until *multiple* ISP's got together, recorded GIGS of traffic data, all of it illegal, all of it pointing to McColo, and all of it actionable under U.S. Federal Law for child pornography, money laundering, wire fraud, & various other RICO Act violations.
The multiple ISP's effectively said, in unison "Shut them down, or we'll take YOUR butts to Court as Accessories."
At which point, McColo's upstream providers had two choices:
Continue to provide service to a known criminal organization & risk being thrown into prison right beside them, or kill McColo's connection & *hope like hell* that the Feds would accept that as some form of "proof" that said upstream providers were NOT in collusion with McColo.
Unfortunately, too many ISP's have too much data to prove otherwise.
We may see a veritable feces-storm hit the hurricane.
But then, with the levels of corruption we're talking about, there may be quite a few bribes, secret handshakes, a comical "slap on the wrist", and *silence*.
As an American...
One whom is more like the AC than "Webster Phreaky".
I fear the president who has declared The Constitution "Just a god damed piece of paper".
Yes, that very same "piece of paper" you swore to uphold.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
I refuse to give up my Liberty.
So stop trying to take it from me unless you'd like to see me exercising my Constitutional Rights.
Namely, The Second One.
You can scream about dirty bombs and terrorists all you want, NONE of it justifies the erosion of We The People's Constitutional Rights.
I can't WAIT for your a3 to get out of Office so the Country in specific (& the World at large) can take a collective breath, try to right the atrocities you've committed, & (dare I hope) bring you to trial for them.
Not even NIXON had this low of an approval rating, and that was DURING his impeachment hearings.
Bush, you are The. Worst. President. Ever.
For your benefit.
September 12, 2008
Important Public Notice Regarding Customer Personal Information
Dear Valued Customers:
Law enforcement recently informed us that our systems may have been illegally accessed to obtain customer payment card information. We have determined that this incident may have affected a subset of our customers who shopped at our stores on the following nine dates: March 25, 2004; March 26, 2004; June 23, 2004; July 2, 2004; July 3, 2004; August 4, 2007; August 5, 2007; August 13, 2007; and August 14, 2007. In addition, the incident may have affected customers who shopped at our Fresno, California store located at 567 E. Shaw Ave. between November 26, 2003 and October 24, 2005.
On August 5, 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice in Boston filed indictments against 3 individuals alleged to have committed crimes involving credit card fraud against 12 retailers. That morning, Forever 21 was contacted by the U.S. Secret Service and was advised that our company was identified in the indictment as one of the retail victims. We subsequently received from the Secret Service a disk of potentially compromised file data. We promptly retained forensic consultants to help us examine the file data and our systems. Based on that investigation, we believe that the unauthorized persons accessed older credit and debit card transaction data for approximately 98,930 credit and debit card numbers. Approximately 20,500 of these numbers were obtained from the Fresno store transaction data. The data included credit and debit card numbers and in some instances expiration dates and other card data, but did not include customer name and address. More than half of the affected payment card numbers are no longer active or have expired expiration dates.
We have been working with our acquiring bank and payment card networks to resolve the situation. Your card issuing institution may send you a written notice mailed to the address related to the account number about this incident. We have also contacted the three principal credit reporting bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, to advise them of the situation. Since 2007 when the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (the "PCI Standards") were imposed, our systems have been certified to be in compliance with the PCI Standards, including the data encryption standards. After we were informed of this incident, we adopted additional proactive security measures and continue to regularly monitor our systems for intrusions.
If you shopped at our stores on the nine dates above or at our Fresno store during the time period indicated, we are alerting you so that you may take steps to protect yourself from payment card fraud. It is important for you to carefully monitor your accounts and report suspicious transactions to your issuing financial institution immediately. As a further precaution, you may wish to place a fraud alert on your credit file. Specific information about protecting your credit lines and financial information is linked to this notice. Please review it closely. We also recommend that you review the identity theft materials posted for consumers on the Federal Trade Commission¡¯s (the "FTC's") Web site, www.consumer.gov/idtheft/, and in particular, the posted copy of the FTC's booklet, "Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft."
Should you have any questions about this incident or need additional information, we have designated a customer service number for you to call, 1-888-757-4447.
We regret any inconvenience or concern that this incident may have caused you and look forward to serving you in the years ahead.
Forever 21, Inc.
I'm not the first, & won't be the last...
About two years ago I purchased an HP Pavilion, direct from HP, with an OEM copy of Windows XP Pro installed.
Slightly more than a year ago, Windows Update told me my copy was suddenly pirated.
I called the Help Line, and got nowhere.
That night I slapped in a spare HD, installed Ubuntu on it, & I've been using Ubuntu ever since.
I still have the original drive with the "pirate" OEM copy of XP Pro on it, but I only boot to that drive when I find something I absolutely, positively, can not get working under Linux.
I've only HAD to boot to Windows *three times* in the last year, and two of those were because I wanted to play a game I couldn't get to run under WINE.
(Which now works under WINE, and runs *BETTER* than in Windows!)
Ubuntu runs my WiFi, USB, DVD player, mp3's, Flash, et al like a champ; OpenOffice reads & writes those stupid Office documents, Power Point presentations, Excel spreadsheets, et cetera; all without the headache Windows provides.
MS, you had the unmitigated GAUL to claim my OEM copy of XP Pro was pirated.
When I called to ask WTH, you asked me if I "purchased it from a dodgy retailer?"
Not unless you call dialing up HP's B2B Direct Sales line gets me provided with counterfeit software.
MS, you lost a customer because of your shenanigans.
I'm not the first, & I certainly won't be the last.
First a bit of background.
I've been working on computers for the last 25 years.
I've used everything from a Commodore PET, all the way up to "bleeding edge" hardware that came with NDA's like most people won't, but you might, believe.
Except for the Commodore gear, I've built every. single. computer. I've ever owned.
From DOS, to Windows 3x, to WFWG, 95, 98, NT, XP, & eventually, Vista.
So when I say "I know how to configure a Windows system to run as fast as possible on the hardware it's given.", I mean just that.
Now, given that, would you care to explain why I can't get VISTA not to suck up resources like a starving Hollywood Actress face-down in an All You Can Eat buffet line?
GUI set to Classic with zero eye candy; nothing but the essential Services running; Antivirus & Firewall; all the drivers up-to-date.
But it still runs like a dog with no legs.
Yet, on the *exact same system*, literally just rebooting & choosing a different OS, XP screams like a banshee?
Again, GUI set to Classic with no eye-candy; Services paired to the essentials; AV & Firewall; drivers up-to-date.
Better yet, reboot & choose Ubuntu, & the thing feels nearly *sentient*.
And that's WITH *ALL* the eye candy turned on; all the "services" it feels like running are; and all the drivers are up-to-date.
If a system of the following specs: 2GHz 64bit processor, 2Gb DDR-PC5300 RAM, a 512 Meg ATI Radeon X600 PCIe video card, & 500Gb SATA HD: is capable of running every OTHER OS I throw at it like a champ, why is Vista unable to do much more than crawl?
And if people like me can't get Vista to run well on mid-to-high level systems, what hope does the "Average Joe" have of getting an off the shelf system (from Dell, HP, WalMart, where-ever) that runs Vista worth a damn?
"Vista Capable" systems aren't (there's a Class Action suit currently attempting to prove that); "Vista Ready" system rarely are; and anything that's capable of running Vista *WELL* is well-nigh out of the price range of the common user.
If "Grandma Mary" can read her email, surf the web, watch YouTube videos of her grandchildren playing with kittens, type up her recipes for Pumpkin Bread, & play the occasional game of Bejeweled, all on a system that Vista considers "inadequate", then what reason does she have for buying a new system that Vista DOES approve of?
There is no reason.
Her "old" system does what she needs, & Vista offers nothing she wants.
THAT is the situation of 90% of the consumers out there.
What they have is fine for the job, works, & doesn't cost them anything to continue running (beyond the electricity & ISP charges).
If they decide to buy a new computer, chances are it'll come with Vista pre-installed, and unless it's an "Uber Rig" (with a price to match), they're going to wonder why they just dropped a fat stack of cash on a system that feels SLOWER than what they supposedly upgrade from.
You and I might be able to tweak the system to run faster, but they probably won't, and the first person they're going to blame is Microsoft.
"Because my old computer with XP worked, it was just a bit slow. This brand spanking new machine with all the bells & whistles, currently runs Vista like a snail at a drag race."
My grandmother is happy with a machine very similar to what I described above (it's got a 256Meg AGP card instead, & only a 100Gb HD, otherwise same Mobo/CPU/RAM), so, please, tell me why she would want to upgrade?
NebuAd ignores their own email.
A few days ago I attempted to request some information from NebuAd.
(I wanted to verify their opt-out status & needed a copy of their ToS in order to do so.)
The email (cc'd to all the email address' listed on their contact page) has come back to me multiple times as failed.
Their *internal server* rejects the address' listed here (http://www.nebuad.com/company/contact.php) as invalid/unknown.
Let me say that again, just to make it clear.
NebuAd is bouncing their own published email address' as invalid.
All of them.
Either they are incompetent in configuring their own email server, or they are deliberately rejecting their email.
(And remember, since this includes emails to their "Sales" address.
This implies they aren't interested in potential customers contacting them.)
So, even if they weren't scum before, now they're incompetent scum.
Way to go NebuAd!
How to hit MS where it hurts.
Everyone create a fake account with a name that makes it absolutely clear that it IS a fake account.
Empli Gratia: "Fake-MarketingShill" or "Fake-ForYetAnotherMSScam", et cetera.
Have that account connect via standard MS IM.
Create another account, also with an obviously fake name, and then connect it through a 3rd party IMC (say Pidgin, or Trillian).
Have one fake account "talk" to the other fake account, just as fast as the automated scripts can send messages back & forth to each other.
How well do you think MS' shampaign will work if all those disgusted with MS do this & rack up a couple TRILLION fake messages?
Go ahead MS, donate to those charities based on the number of accounts/messages sent.
All of them just as real as your shampaign, all of them JUST as useful, all of them just as warped, brain-dead, & ignorant of the real world.
MS, your services at Hotmail are abysmal & are synonymous with spammers World-wide.
Your IMC is filled with spammers who masquerade as friends, flooding our IM in-box with garbage.
There's a REASON Google is kicking your pathetic butt, and that's because THEY actually CARE how their image in the World reflects upon them as a Corporation.
Take your shampaign & cram it RIGHT back up the hole where you pulled it from in the first place.
Sorry, but I'll have to say "Bullocks".
If I buy a Linux-installed system, there is very little extra programs installed ("cruft"), and anything I need/want to install is, literally, a single mouse-click away.
In the case of Ubuntu, it's called "Synaptic". Click the icon, it launches the package manager, & from there you can browse hundreds of thousands of titles to install, each as easy as a mouse click or two.
Install Open Office? Type "Open Office" into the search field, hit [ENTER], and give it five seconds to find the program. Click "Apply" and wait for it to install. Once it's done, that's it. No reboot, no need to restart, just close Synaptic & go.
And it's that way with nearly EVERYTHING you can install.
Games, WiFi, Browsers, Word Processors, Accounting, HAM Radio, CAD, you name it.
If I buy a computer from Dell, HP, Compaq, or Apple, it's FILLED with all sorts of cruft.
Browser bars, "search buddies", trials for stuff you probably don't want (and in some cases, Norton, you can't UN-install without a second tool downloaded especially designed to clean out all the hooks it leaves behind), applications you may never use (hello "Net Meeting"), ap's you can't use ("hello "Windows Movie Maker"), & things you have to un-install before you can get down to business.
Because there is NO single repository for all the supported/compatible Windows software out there.
If I want to install anything new, I have to Google for it, download it, possibly register to enable the download link, run it, agree to the EULA(s), tell it where to install, and wait with fingers crossed & baited breath hoping it installs properly.
What's that, I've installed a new browser & you need me to reboot?
Do it & have Windows BSOD because some random file's been replaced causing incompatibilities with subsystems you can't pronounce, much less find, or have a chance in hell of resolving the conflicts? This is not hyperbole, this isn't "pulling things out of my arse", this is real world experiences of MILLIONS of Windows users over the years.
If we had a REAL choice over what OS to have installed on our systems at time of purchase, you would see a REAL plummet of MS.
Because if you give us the choice of an OS that's secure, friendly, and lets us do what we want, out of the box, cheaper than what MS tries to force-feed you, why would ANYONE want MS?
We have WINE, Cross-Over, & Cedega to run thousands of Windows programs, and if they can't handle it, there's a Virtual Machine environment only a few mouse clicks away that can.
We have Open Office, Adobe, Flash, DVD, & MP3 capabilities.
We have no fears from virii, trojans, or any of the Windows-based malware.
We have money left over from the purchase because we weren't paying the "Microsoft tax".
So, please, tell me again why we would willingly choose the bug-ridden, over-priced, security-holed-like-a-sieve OS over one we can download for free?
Let's look at this a moment.
Why would you, as a business, entrust your potentially business-critical IP:
* To a Service Provider you can't monitor or have independent verification of your data security? Can you hire a 3rd Party to investigate their internal procedures & verify that they're doing what they claim, that your data is as disaster-resistant as they claim, that you can actually get to your data as desired? Would you willingly equip your car with locks from a "Security Specialist" who refused to let you verify their locks worked?
* To a SP that, if you feel your business is better taken elsewhere, can hold your data hostage? Unless you keep a local copy of your data that you can access withOUT their Service (in which case you don't NEED their Service), they hold all the cards & you're now at the mercy of an Entity that has only ONE concern - their bottom line. Your data means *nothing* to them, and if you try to switch, they can dump it into the trash faster than you can request it back. Would you be willing to rent a car that, if you decided you didn't like & wished to rent a different one, were told that everything you had IN the car was now being held hostage until you paid the owner what-ever amount they felt like charging you for the items' return?
* To a SP that has been, can be, and will probably ALWAYS be, the most INsecure system on the internet? They are constantly having to patch all the bugs, security holes, and out-right coding-idiocy that consistently puts their own systems at risk, in the hopes that it will minimize the amount of "collateral damage" their customers suffer. Would you honestly be willing to entrust your family to be passengers in a vehicle from a manufacturer that was consistently having to recall their products to fix "safety issues"?
Think about it.
You're placing potentially business-critical information in the hands of a third party whom you can't audit, can't bargain with if you decide to change Service Providers, and can't EVER be sure that your data won't be stolen/sold to the first person/business who wants to take a shot at stealing/buying it.
It costs FAR less to host your own on-&-off-site data retention Servers, Disaster Recovery policies, & a Volume License Copy of MS Office.
The ROI for Covering Your Own Arse is much, MUCH less than the TCO for entrusting your business' future to the inept hands of Microsoft.
To Chris Matchett re XP & 4Gb of RAM.
The 32bit version of XP (*any* version of VP) is only going to reliably handle the first 3Gb of RAM.
Unless you dedicate 1Gb to VRam in the BIOS, or make use of it as a RamDrive, XP can't see/use the memory addressing space above 3Gb.
(It's a limitation of all 32bit software, not just XP.)
If you get a 64bit version of XP, or of Vista, then the limit is much higher (64Gb, IIRC).
Between XP & Vista, go with XP - the headaches you encounter won't be NEARLY as mind-numbingly-stupid.
Sure, MS claims they're stopping XP sales, but *support* for XP will be another decade.
Considering what software writers aim for, programs that will run on XP will continue to be made for at least another decade.
And, last but not least, MS has claimed that they'll be releasing "Windows 7" as early as Q4 2009.
If, by some means of temporal displacement, they actually manage to DO that, Vista gets cut off at the knees before it ever gets a chance to start.
Even if MS is delayed a year or two (in getting Win7 out the door), all the business' & software writers will be "waiting for Windows 7" in order to determine what they may need to change in order to use THAT (instead of Vista).
Either way, Vista's a dead horse.
So go with XP and save yourself from tearing your hair out in frustration. =)
As for Intel not wanting to upgrade to Vista, they're not alone.
When the company you work for has over 100K computer systems located around the globe, there is one thing you absolutely DO NOT DO, and that's fail to test, test, & re-test EVERYTHING about a new OS before deploying it to your employees.
Everything has to run together like a well-oiled machine.
The payroll system has to mesh gears with the HR vacation/sick time system, which has to mesh with the Health Care systems, which meshes with the Accounting systems, whiich meshes with the Research & Development systems, which meshes with the...
All it takes is ONE of those to come to a screeching hault, and ALL of them suddenly do.
If you think for one second that any business with a brain in their head is going to entrust their entire livelihood to an OS that hasn't had the bugs worked out, stomped flat, burned out, patched over, & made as stable as humanly possible, then you're delusional.
You test it extensively on a test server(s), making sure everything works perfectly, and IF, *IF*, everything runs without a hitch six months from now, THEN you think about transitioning to the new OS.
But, as anyone who's ever done such a transition knows, it NEVER goes smoothly, the new OS *never* works right with everything, and there's literally THOUSANDS of "man hours" spent trying to track down the bugs, much less getting them fixed.
So Intel doesn't see the wisdom in upgrading to Vista?
Neither does anyone with a brain.
As long as I pay for my bandwidth, I'll block their ads.
With many ISP's screaming about switching to a pay-for-actual-bandwidth-used schema, the sites that want to force me to watch their ads, will quickly watch my traffic vanish.
If I have to pay for every damned byte of data I get, then *I* will determine what data I receive.
If they want me to watch their ads, then they can pay me for my bandwidth.
We've taken 2 steps forward (DSL & Fibre) & one MIGHTY FREAKING LEAP backwards to the days of dial-up ISP's...
I screen my email at the server (so I don't download the Spam), I screen my browsing (so I don't see the ads), I throw out all the junk snail-mail (the mail box is right next to the rubbish bin - how convenient!), and I either mute the commercials on the telly, or I leave the room.
Until you're paying me to compensate me for my wasted time & resources, you can stuff your ads right up your Marketing Executive.
Time for a proper Firewall...
An AC asked about "an Adblock Plus + filterset.g + customize for PS3?"
Not for the console, no, but instead of plugging your console straight into the 'net, plug it into a spare computer set up as a Firewall.
There are tools for Windows & Linux that allow you to determine the location your system is attempting to connect with.
If you can determine the game is at "game.sony.com" but the ads are coming from "ads.adserver.scumco.com", block "ads.adserver.scumco.com".
Then you never see ads from that server again & problem solved.
Dear Console Makers & Video Game Makers for them.
If I have to spend multiple hundreds of dollars to purchase one of your consoles in order to drop another fifty or hundred to purchase the game, too, then I *Absolutely* *Do* *Not* want to see ads.
You've already GOT my money, so stop wasting my time (& the internet connection I'm paying for) trying to annoy me with ads.
I will do everything in my power to stop you, and there's not a [CENSORED] thing you can do about it.
Want me to watch your ads in a specific game?
Then give me the game for free.
Want me to watch ads in ALL of your games?
Then I want the console gratis as well.
I drop $20K on a new car, I don't expect to get ads flashed across the windshield to "subsidize your manufacturing costs".
I drop $500 on a new game console, I don't expect ads there, either (for the exact same reason).
If I have to pay full price for the console/game, then I'm NOT paying to subsidize those bits.
If you want to show us ads, then you need to SIGNIFICANTLY drop the prices on the console/games to compensate us for our time, bandwidth, & annoyance.
@Paul H, re "An intentional push to move from XP."
Well, Microsoft certainly succeeded in this case.
I finally gave up when the Windows update site claimed my HP OEM installed copy of XP was pirated.
You're telling me HP.com installs pirated copies of Windows on their Pavilion's, now?
I gave MS the Finger, popped in an Ubuntu cd, & rebooted.
Shrunk the MS partition down to almost nothing (~12Gigs on a 500Gig HD), let Ubuntu have the rest of the drive, and haven't rebooted to Windows since.
I have YET to find anything Ubuntu can't do that Windows can, besides running a few games I have no interest in playing.
Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access? OpenOffice.
Outlook & IE? Thunderbird & Firefox.
Nero & MagicISO? Oh look, those functions are *built in* & accessible via a *right click* from the "File Explorer" (Nautilus).
Firewall, Antivirus, & Spybot were a *mandatory* constant-on with Windows.
In Linux, I don't need the firewall because the system doesn't leave those "doors" open for scum to enter.
Don't need an antivirus because you can't infect what you don't have permission to write to.
Don't need Spybot because you can't edit a Registry that doesn't exist.
Which means there's a few hundred MEGS of System RAM that gets dedicated to running what *I* want to run, and not what the OS "needs" to run in order to be secure.
My HP Pavilion a1132n (AMD 3500+ 2GHz, 2Gig RAM, ATI Radeon X600) runs MUCH faster now that Windows isn't my primary OS.
And I don't need MS screwing things up with a botched SP3, ThankYouVeryMuch...
I am an advertiser's worst nightmare.
I refuse to look at them, and if they FORCE me to do so, I add them to my list of companies I will *never* willingly do business with ever again. (Sony, I'm talking to you & your damn DVD adverts!)
Online I use Firefox & No Script, Remove It Permanently, and AdBlock. I might see an ad once, but thanks to FF+extensions (and a judicious use of the HOSTS file), I never see it again.
I don't watch much television, and when there IS a show on that I want to watch (Thank you, PBS & BBC!) I'll record it first. That fast forward button does WONDERS for ignoring the ads.
Radio? Sorry, stopped listening to that a looOOOong time ago - there was rarely anything worth listening to being broadcast. And once I got a deck that plays MP3 cd's, about the only thing I listen to any more is the music I already own... (There's plenty of it, considering I've been buying music for decades.)
Sorry advertisers, but you've annoyed the hell out of me, my family, my parents, grandparents, & friends for the last time. All of them have long-ago learned how to skip/ignore your garbage & improve the quality of their own lives through similar methods as my own.
You want us to pay you an iota of attention, stop being a bunch of insulting, annoying, aggravating pustules on the arse-cheek of Life.
Save yourself some money...
Amazon wants $9.99 per book?
Visit Project Gutenberg and download anything you want, for free.
Baen, McAffrey, Rice, King, Koontz, and any of the thousands of authors across thousands of sites dedicated to giving away e-texts.
There is absolutely NO reason to blow $10 on an electronic copy of something you can buy from a brick-&-mortar used-book-store for $2, or Amazon's used book section for a *dollar*.
Give the masses a chance, & some of them just *might* get a life...
Unfortunately, "some" in this case will probably be an infinitesimally small value barely above naught, & "life" will end up equating to "random acts of heightened insanity".
Honestly, I don't care.
I haven't watched television (except to catch the occasional PBS/NOVA special, or a news bulletin) in so long, it devours more dust than electricity.
Turn the television off, then read a book, go outside, ride a bicycle, get a hobby, but go DO something that broadens your mind!
Given that MS has wrongly identified legit copies as pirated...
Bad enough being told my son's legit copy of XP was invalid (an OEM install on an HP Pavillion, bought direct from HP? I don't think so!)...
But when I was told my copy of Vista was pirated, while the receipt for its purchase from my local Electronics Mega Store was still sitting on the package, (had just unwrapped it & was going to install it on said Pavillion), I was livid enough to take it back and MAKE the store give me my money back.
I and my son now run Linux.
I'd've bought a Mac, but I'm not THAT rich, thanks... =J.
That's because Leap knows MetroPCS is absolute crap.
After having MetroPCS (Sacramento, California, USA) for over a year, I finally gave up on them as absolute crap.
Despite being in the center of their coverage area, despite their coverage maps showing I had 100% coverage for the entire *county*, I could be standing in the middle of down-town Sacramento & have my phone switch to "Roaming" claiming it couldn't find the MetroPCS signal.
Calls would disconnect, the screen claiming "No Signal", yet the signal strength would show as full.
Text messages would arrive hours (in a few cases *days*) later, out of order, or mangled.
I always made sure to pay my bill at least a week before it was due, & always inside their stores (it was on the way home from work, so why waste a stamp to mail something I can do in person?), only to get a text message a day or two later notifying me that my service was in danger of being disconnected for non-payment.
(I finally showed them the message, the receipt, & demanded that they fix their internal billing system lest I press RICO charges.)
And this wasn't on a single phone.
The first time the dropped call / delayed text issue hit, they claimed it was my phone.
Granted, it was an older model, but it was less than a year old & had been purchased from THAT store.
I upgraded (paying full price for the new phone because they didn't allow trading up), only to have the issues resurface the very next day.
The second time, they claimed there was a firmware issue with THAT model phone, and if I agreed to upgrade, they'd make sure to credit my next bill for the cost of the upgrade.
So I bought the new phone, but guess what never appeared on my next bill?
The third time I was in (for the same issues), they claimed it was the phone.
I held up my hand & said "You've used that excuse already the LAST two times you've had me upgrade. YOU are paying for the third phone or I'll go straight to the Attorney General's Office & file RICO charges for fraud, bait-&-switch, extortion, & harassment. I am SICK of this BS."
They replaced the phone at THEIR cost, and switched up to (what was at the time) their top-of-the-line phone.
Three days later & I'm BACK in the store with the same issues!
I finally canceled my MetroPCS service & switched TO AT&T.
(And we all know how craptastic AT&T's customer service can be.
At least their network WORKS!)
I made good on my threat & filed a formal complaint against MetroPCS with my A.G.'s office.
It took nearly a year for my to get an apology from MetroPCS, and they *refused* to refund me the cost of the two upgrades I was forced to make due to their network being absolute crap.
Their "solution" was to offer me a free month's service if I decided to come back to them!?
(What good is a free month of service if I can't GET service?!)
I will NEVER use MetroPCS again.
I will never recommend them to my friends, family, co-workers, or worst enemy.
So maybe Leap kept their ears open, listened to the grumblings of the people MetroPCS has treated like shit, & decided (correctly) that it was better-off not being tarnished with their particular version of "service".
MS keeps acting like a four-left-footed dancer.
I'm the local "Go-To Guy" for computer services.
Friends, family, coworkers, friends-of-friends, neighbors, et al.
When they show up, system in hand, asking "Can you fix it? Windows broke!", I do what I can to correct the spyware, virii, trojans, & scumware infesting their system, but a LOT of the time it boils down to needing a "nuke & pave" (format & reinstall) to get rid of all the cruft.
When they've got enough garbage installed to make a P4 3GHz run like a 486/sx16, it's LONG past time to nuke & pave. =(
So when they show up with a brand new system & a copy of Vista on it, wondering why it's *slower* than the system they just "upgraded" from, all I can really tell them is to go BACK to XP.
As much as I've used/supported Windows, I can't in good faith, honestly recommend Vista for anything.
XP was bad enough, but at least it's stable, has drivers that work, and enough third-party tools written to keep it from crashing TOO often.
When they come to me for purchasing help, I try to steer them towards a bare-bones system & a copy of Ubuntu.
It does everything most users need (email, web, word processing, finances, etc), has plenty of games for the kids (of all ages), and is effectively immune to the garbage commonly & continuously assaulting the Windows machines of the World.
With the recent "stealth" update, the DRM, the WGA falsely calling legit copies as pirated, and now the debacle that is Vista, I can't in good faith recommend Windows any longer.